One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An explosive white crystalline compound, CH(NO₂)₃, which is a derivative of methane having three nitro groups attached to the carbon atom; trinitromethane.
A preparation of urea-formaldehyde used as a slow-release nitrogenous fertilizer. [A trademark in the United States.]
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Henry Watts (1815–1884), chemist. From nitro- + -form, after German Nitroform (L. Schischkoff 1857)<br>1950s; earliest use found in The Official Gazette. From nitro- + -form.
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